Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Through Dec. 7

Oct. 15 officially marked Open Enrollment for Medicare for 2018 coverage. Great Care reminds enrollees to carefully review plan information sent by their providers, as the Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 Open Enrollment period covers any possible changes. “Or, you may decide you’re happy with the plan you have now,” says “If that’s the […]

Breast Cancer Awareness: How You Can Help

Great Care recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness in October, focusing on early detection and increased awareness to help save lives. “Thanks to earlier detection – through screening and increased awareness — and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer […]

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

In September, Great Care joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing National Cholesterol Education Month. The CDC recognizes the month as a good time to have blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. Especially for seniors. “National Cholesterol Education Month is also a good time to learn […]

Training Helps Prepare for Natural Disasters

In the wake of recent emergencies and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Great Care heeds the advice of the American Heart Association: Be prepared. The American Heart Association News reminds us that in times of emergency, assistance from first responders and health professionals is often delayed. Systems are bombarded with requests for help. […]

Staying Hydrated for Seniors This Summer

Staying hydrated is vital for seniors in the summer months, and Great Care has some important facts to share as the temperatures rise. According to Harvard Medical School, older adults often don’t get enough fluids and risk becoming dehydrated, especially during summer when it’s hotter and people perspire more. “Older people don’t sense thirst as much as […]

Fruit Makes for Fresh, Healthy Summer Desserts

When Great Care thinks of healthy summer treats, fresh fruit plays a major starring role in the season’s biggest recipe blockbusters. From homemade cherry sherbert and naturally sweet apple butter-carrot cake muffins to grilled peaches with light cream and colorful frozen yogurt bark, the summer options abound. Especially when eating heart-healthy fruits that can literally save […]

Heart-healthy Summer Salads

The beauty of summer is that Great Care takes advantage of all the in-season fruits and vegetables that make salads taste so fresh. And the beauty of summer salads are that they’re healthy for the heart. For proper heart health, WebMD suggests eating salads to to consume “smart fats.” “Eating a little good fat (like […]

Heart News Study Highlights Mediterranean Diet

At Great Care, we know antioxidants are key to helping our caregivers, and those we care for, lead heart-healthy lifestyles. And with February being American Heart Month, it’s only natural the American Heart Association has released new data this month showing diets rich in antioxidants found in whole grains, olives, olive oil, vegetables and nuts may boost […]

Seniors and Back Pain

Summer is a great time for Great Care seniors and their caregivers to get out and enjoy the outdoors. But sometimes outdoor activities such as gardening or walking on hard surfaces can cause back pain in seniors. Also, common health conditions that come with aging, including osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis, can flare up with increased […]

Part 6 of 6: Reverse Mortgages

This is Part 6 of a 6-Part Series for families regarding ways to pay for elder care services in Indiana. This information accompanies the 23-page e-book/guide called “A Family Guide to Paying for Elder Care Services in Indiana“, available for free download HERE. Reverse Mortgages Can Help Pay for Elder Care Needs Reverse Mortgages (Home Equity Conversion […]